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A Center for Mental Health and Psychotherapy in San Diego & California

We provide integrated, comprehensive, and evidence-based telehealth and in person assessments and therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Welcome to Aspiring Families

Our team of therapists also offer psychoeducational, diagnostic, and neuropsychological testing, neurofeedback, medical services, academic support, college and vocational counseling, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, somatic therapy, and in-school/in-home behavioral support for people from all age groups. Looking for a child psychologist or adult psychotherapist in San Diego? We’re here to help.
Azmaira Maker

Meet Dr. Azmaira Maker, Ph.D.

Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. has been selected five years in a row for the San Diego Awards for Psychologist and for Aspiring Families, Center for Mental Health and Wellness and now also qualifies for the 2023 San Diego Business Hall of Fame (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023).

Aspiring Families is a premier mental health and wellness center in San Diego (Del Mar/Carmel Valley) founded by Azmaira Maker, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty-five years of expertise.

Dr. Maker completed her training at University of Michigan in the dual Child/Family and Adult programs, and a specialized fellowship at the University of Michigan Law School. Dr. Maker is the author of two multi-award winning books. Dr. Maker has won the Top Doctor Award in San Diego in 2019 and 2020.

Dr. Maker completely changed my life-path. She truly saved my life and enabled me to grow as a person and cope with multiple stressors and traumas. She dedicated herself to my family and I for many years, and has helped me develop the tools I needed to navigate difficult times and build meaningful and lasting relationships. With her kind, consistent, and trustworthy care and expertise, I am now a healthy, happy, and successful individual.


What We Do

With over 25 years of experience, we specialize in evidence-based interventions for depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, adoption, loss, interpersonal, behavioral, learning, and school challenges, autism/spectrum, ADHD, executive functioning, and medical challenges.

Our practice also includes standardized, norm based testing for developmental, psychological, educational, and neuropsychological conditions.

We always strive to provide individualized, evidence-based, and integrated care to heal and empower those we serve.

We understand the challenges that surround life stressors and take a collaborative, empathic, and team approach to promote a positive and healthy life with purpose and balance so that you and your family members can thrive.

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Our Services

We Provide Comprehensive Telehealth and In-Person Therapy and Assessment Services in San Diego and the California Region. Our Services Include:

Therapy Services

With over 25 years of experience, we specialize in treating clients with an array of challenges, including depression, anxiety, OCD, autism/spectrum, social, developmental, school, learning, college, and career challenges, ADHD, trauma, loss, adoption, parenting, and medical concerns.

Medical Services

We offer medical services for young adults, adults, and senior clients who may be struggling with medication adjustments, physical illnesses, and comorbid diagnoses.

Neurofeedback Services

We offer state of the art, FDA approved, 19 sensor neurofeedback services for children, adolescents, and adults. We offer a brain map to assess your unique EEG brain functioning so that we can provide individualized data driven neurofeedback training for your particular challenges to decrease symptoms and enhance performance.

Psychoeducational, Diagnostic, and Neuropsychological Assessments

We offer comprehensive, in-person or telehealth, standardized, and norm based assessments for cognitive, academic, giftedness, learning, memory, attention, executive functioning, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and social challenges for children, adolescents, college students, adults, and seniors.

Telemental Health Services CA-Wide

Aspiring Families offers telehealth services for clinical evaluations, assessments/testing, therapy, medications, educational support, expressive arts therapy, somatic therapy, and neurofeedback.

In The News

Dr. Maker has served as an expert consultant, clinician, presenter, and author across the country. She has been featured in and contributed to multiple national organizations and media channels.

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NBC 7 Interviews Dr. Maker about Kids In Crisis: Addressing the Growing Mental Health Crisis Among Children and Teens

  The mental health crisis among teens has reached alarming levels. According to the CDC, 22% of high school students reported having seriously considered suicide in the past year. This percentage is even higher among females (30%), American Indians/Alaska Natives (27%), and lesbian, gay, or bisexual teens (45%). The statistics are staggering and call for ... Read more

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What is Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy

In play therapy, the therapist meets the child emotionally and physically at where they are at. The therapist facilitates the child to have control over the choice, narrative, content, and style of play.

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The Power of Comprehensive Assessments in Children

The Power of Comprehensive Assessments in Children

Every child possesses a unique set of abilities and challenges. Some of these are visible and others are hidden beneath the surface. As parents, it’s natural to be concerned about your child’s intellectual, cognitive, academic, behavioral, developmental, social, emotional, and daily adaptive life functioning.

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